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February 2010 - Quite Contrary

Unfortunately the Devon economy has stopped being contrary. After months of resisting the national trends January saw an unwelcome leap in Job Seekers Allowance Claimants with an increase in unemployment from 9,734 in December to 10,704– a jump of almost 10%. This is the first time since September 2009 that figures have exceeded 10,000 and the largest monthly increase since February 2009 and the highest number of Claimants since May 2009.